Isotope: The Comic Book Lounge

326 Fell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Past Events

July 28, 2018: A Study in Emerald Release Party

Isotope proudly presents a very special day-long event with Rafael Albuquerque & Rafael Scavone, the Brazilian comic superstar duo behind the adaptation of NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD graphic novel, on Saturday, July 28, 2018!

Rafael Albuquerque‘s utterly gorgeous art has been one of the most beloved parts of all of our your comic reading for the past few years, from AMERICAN VAMPIRE to BATMAN to HUCK to EI8HT to UNCANNY X-FORCE to TUNE 8 to TALES OF FEAR AGENT to BATGIRL and also so many amazing comic book covers it is mind-blowing.

Rafael Scavone, is the author of ALL STAR BATMAN (with Scott Snyder), WONDER WOMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL, a heart-wrenching story in WHERE WE LIVE: A BENEFIT FOR THE SURVIVORS IN LAS VEGAS, and an upcoming run on Mark Millar’s HIT GIRL. Together with Deb Dorneles, the Rafaels formed Stout Club in 2014, a comic imprint from Brazil that is revolutionizing the South American comics scene.

NEIL GAIMAN’S A STUDY IN EMERALD from Dark Horse Comics is an original comic graphic novel adaption of Neil Gaiman’s famous Sherlock Holmes short story that runs our hero, together with his ever-present partner Watson, against the nightmares of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu. Expect full-on Victorian horror, fog-choked London alleyways, horrific labs from St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, hallucinogenic terrors in caves of Afghanistan, and something terrible lurking in the shadows of 221b Baker Street. Truly a story that Albuquerque and Scavone were born to tell!

Since these gentlemen are coming so far to visit the comic loving people of San Francisco for the first time, and so few North Americans have gotten the chance to meet them before, we’ve scheduled a day-long duo of awesome events for your convenience. A great daytime autograph signing session and a late night afterparty as only the Isotope can do!

RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE & RAFAEL SCAVONE @ ISOTOPE SIGNING
Saturday, July 28th 2018; 2pm – 6pm
All-Ages
The Isotope’s intimate afternoon autographing session for our all-ages crowd. Sure, there will be a line for this, but here at the Isotope we’ve completely redesigned the signing experience to ensure our events are casual, fun, low pressure affairs. If you haven’t been to one before we think you’ll like the way we do things.

RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE & RAFAEL SCAVONE @ ISOTOPE AFTERPARTY
Saturday, July 28th 2018; 8pm – Midnight
21+ please
Our late night afterparty features the best comic crowd anywhere on the planet, once-in-a-lifetime bespoke refreshments by master mixologist Kirsten Baldock, and amazing tunes with DJ BEARZBUB to make you smile. These events are the stuff of legend in the comic industry, here’s your chance to find out why.

May 5, 2018: FCBD 2018: Pashmina Signing

Nidhi Chanani appears at Isotope on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 1:30 PM to celebrate Free Comic Book Day and sign Pashmina.

About PASHMINA:

Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions–the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother’s homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

July 30, 2017: Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Signing

Artist Irene Koh appears at Isotope Comics on Sunday July 30th from noon till 3:00 PM to celebrate the release of the first LEGEND OF KORRA comic from Dark Horse! She will also will be signing and selling exclusive 5×7 Korrasami prints.

May 6, 2017: FCBD 2017: Mouse Guard Signing

Isotope proudly presents David Petersen, author-artist the the insanely popular MOUSE GUARD series on Saturday May 6, 2017!

Free Comic Book Day is an annual event at comic shops the planet over. And here at the Isotope our FCBD celebrations are the stuff of legend. As is tradition, we will once again be serving up San Francisco’s most glorious and massive smorgasboard of absolutely free comic reads for comic lovin’ kids of all ages. And this year is sure to be our best yet!

Each year during this annual event Mister Petersen wows the masses with the very best book on offer and this year will follow that grand tradition! An all-new MOUSE GUARD story is the jewel in the 2017 FCBD crown, with an original coming-of-age story about a pair of young furs who learn a valuable lesson from a grizzled guardmouse on what it truly means to be a hunter, featured in the BOOM! STUDIOS FCBD SUMMER BLAST. We couldn’t be more honored to have him in!

This years’ festivities will include an all-ages day-long autographing session from 11am until 4pm and also a live slideshow presentation by Mister Petersen himself at 4pm. Afterwards there may be some additional signing and 1-on-1 time with fans. And for the over-21 set we will have a casual, short cocktail hour from 8pm until 10pm.

Mister Petersen will be signing all of his amazing MOUSE GUARD comics for you, his WIND IN THE WILLOWS hardcover, as well as other cool MOUSE GUARD things like the amazing MOUSE GUARD ROLE PLAYING GAME.

This day-long celebration also features San Francisco’s very own DJ BEARZBUB, spinning his favorite blend of exotic b-sides, booty shaking nöise, and rare beats to keep your Free Comic Day shopping grooving. We love the Bearzbub!

Also returning on staff for the day will be the amazing Katie Longua author/artist of MUNCHIES, KNOW YOURSELF ANATOMY ADVENTURE SERIES, and the chiptunes LP comic HER SPACE OPERA. Josh Richardson author of Scholastic Books’ RATCHET & CLANK: OFFICIAL GUIDE BOOK. And also our latest beloved staff addition, Kate Mattingly of the Miradori Tumblr.

With such a great day lined up, and our commitment to the most generous, no-limit, can’t-find-anywhere-else explosion of free reads in SF, we do ask that you keep in mind that here at the Isotope we believe Free Comic Book Day is all about the kids, and even the mighty Isotope’s supplies are limited, so before you over-indulge yourselves, remember… every free comic you scoop up is one the kids can’t. So please be nice to the kiddos. Thanks in advance.

And… knowing the popularity of Mister Petersen and also our FCBD extravaganzas we know some folks will want to come in from out of town to attend this event. So the Isotope will be partnering with a couple of our favorite nearby San Francisco hotels to make your stay here in San Francisco a great one. We will be posting these accommodations information in the next couple weeks.

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    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
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    Saturday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.